January 17th, 2019 – The Natural Roots of Empathy

Is empathy a skill to be taught or is it a fruit of healthy development? Can we reward caring and compassionate behaviour and still preserve its essence? Is trying to make children be nice to each other the best way to keep them safe? Is consideration an innate human potential, and if so, how is it to be cultivated? Studies show that with each new generation our children are losing empathy….the capacity for kindness, caring and compassion. Interdependence and the capacity to consider others, the earth, and the animals is at the root of Indigenous culture. How can we in the wake if the impacts of intergenerational trauma ensure that our approach as teachers, healers, and helping professionals is truly cultivating this innate capacity for kindness and caring.

During the session Denise will share…
  • The real roots of empathy
  • What we can do to ensure empathy is developed and preserved
  • What not to do…
  • Why is this important to the future of our communities

Everyone welcome to participate:

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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Slides to the video presentation:


Thank you for presenting for us Denise!


Meet our Guest Presenter:

About the Presenter:

Denise Findlay, M.Ed., CPCC, ACC, is an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Owner of Kweykway Consulting.

Denise is a bi-cultural woman who belongs to the Squamish Nation. She is a Faculty Intern,  Facilitator and Parent Consultant dedicated to supporting adults to make sense of children. Denise works extensively with First Nations in British Columbia and other parts of Canada and is a wife and mother to two highly sensitive, intense and bright boys. Denise’s passion for the Neufeld approach was ignited when she sought support as a parent and experienced Dr. Neufeld’s teachings to be in complete alignment with her deepest intuitions about parenting. Denise has been able to share her insights with Indigenous parents and helping professionals to empower them to be their child’s best bet and to look to traditional approaches to parenting that focus on attachment and life long, whole person development. Denise works with all adults wanting to make sense of children and youth using Dr. Neufeld’s insight and evidence based model of attachment and development to tease apart complex issues. Denise has experience training Educators, Parents and Parent Groups, Social Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Mental Health Practitioners and other Helping Professionals.

Denise provides one-to-one support to adults wanting to make sense of children. She also provides presentations and training for Parents, Educators, Social Workers, and Mental Health Professionals.


Additional Resources:

Take moment to watch Denise’s previous sessions with UBC Learning Circle:


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